Derek Jones.

Professor of Economics Derek Jones recently presented his research at conferences organized by Rutgers University and The University of Sydney.

In January, he discussed “Producer Cooperatives: An Assessment of the Literature” at the Mid-Year Fellows Workshop hosted by the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing at Rutgers. Jones compared producer cooperatives with capitalist firms in a talk based on his contribution to the forthcoming second edition of Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Sociology.

Earlier this month, Jones presented a paper at the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand online conference. The theme of the conference was “Work Not As Usual,” with a focus on key issues for employment relations research.

Jones’ paper, “Productivity Effects of Worker Representation on the Board,” presented the results of a study conducted with Associate Professor of Economics Jeff Pliskin. Using data from several industries, the pair analyzed various scenarios involving employee participation on boards, profit sharing, and worker directors to show how those factors affect worker productivity.

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